Basic sciences to get a boost
Providing scholarships to students to pursue higher education under consideration
PROUD MOMENT: Winners of the Dr. Kalpana Chawla State Award for Young
Woman Scientist Mythily Ramaswamy (left) and Noor Shahina Begum after the
awards presentation in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
BANGALORE: To tackle the problem of waning interest among students in basic
sciences, the Government is considering providing scholarships to meritorious
students to pursue higher education, particularly in life sciences.
Stating this here on Thursday, Minister for Science and Technology Ramachandra
Gowda said the Government planned to provide scholarships to students who
scored more than 70 per cent marks in SSLC examination and intended to study
However, the scholarships would be limited to students from rural areas.
He was speaking at the presentation of the State Science awards to distinguished
scientists and engineers at the Banquet Hall of the Vidhana Soudha.
To kindle interest in science, the Government was also planning to conduct
science quiz contests for SSLC and PUC students from taluk level onwards.
With the increase in demand for professional courses, the basic science courses
were being neglected.
The number of students opting for basic science disciplines had declined
over the years, he said.
Mr. Gowda called upon the scientists to be innovative in their work and strive
for the uplift of people in rural areas.
The innovations should be useful to the people in their daily life.
Mr. Gowda, C.N.R. Rao, scientific adviser to the Prime Minister, C.N.R. Rao,
and director of the Indian Institute of Science P. Balaram presented the
science awards for 2004 and 2005 to 22 scientists and engineers.
The awards were given under four categories — Sir M. Visvesvaraya Award,
Sir C.V. Raman Award, Prof. Satish Dhawan Award and Dr. Kalpana Chawla Award.
Except, the Raman award winner P. Vishnu Kamath, Professor of Chemistry in
Bangalore University, all others received awards from the Minister.
A committee headed Prof. Rao selected scientists and engineers for the awards.
The Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST) had been entrusted
with the responsibility of coordinating the selection work. The committee
did not award the Sir M. Visvesvaraya Award for 2005.
The award winners for 2004 are as follows:
Sir M. Visvesvaraya State Award for Senior Scientists: H.S. Mukunda, professor,
Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
and M.R.S. Rao, president, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific
Research, Jakkur, Bangalore.
Sir C.V. Raman Award for Young Scientists: Sanjeev Ramachandra Inamdar, programme
coordinator, Laser Spectroscopy, Department of Physics, Karnatak University,
Dharwad; K.S. Rangappa, professor and chairman, Department of Studies in
Chemistry, University of Mysore, Mysore; P. Vishnu Kamath, professor in Chemistry,
Central College, Bangalore University, Bangalore; P. Sugandhi Rao, professor
and head, Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal;
K.H. Srinivasa, assistant professor, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology,
Bangalore; H.P. Puttaraju, professor of Sericulture, Bangalore University.
Prof. Satish Dhawan State Award for Young Engineers: S. Dasappa, principal
research scientist, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, IISc., Bangalore;
B.V. Venkatarama Reddy, associate professor, Department of Civil Engineering,
IISc., Bangalore; G.S. Gopalakrishna, reader, Department of Studies in Geology,
University of Mysore, Mysore.
Dr. Kalpana Chawla Award for Young Woman Scientist: Mythily Ramaswamy, associate
professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mathematics Centre, IISc.,
The award winners for 2005 are:
Sir C.V. Raman Award: Channabasaveshwar V. Yelamaggad, Centre for Liquid
Crystal Research, Jalahalli, Bangalore; A. Govindaraj, senior scientific
officer, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur,
Bangalore; Usha Kini, professor of Pathology, St John's Medical College,
Bangalore; R. Medhamurthy, Molecular Reproduction Development and Genetics,
IISc., Bangalore; Fakruddin Bashasab, assistant professor, Institute of Agri-biotechnology,
Krishinagar, Dharwad, and V.B. Nargund, professor, Plant Pathology, Department
of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Bheemarayanagudi, Gulbarga.
Prof. Satish Dhawan Award: Ashok M. Raichur, associate professor, Department
of Metallurgy, IISc., Bangalore; B.S. Rajanikanth, associate professor and
chairman, High Voltage Engineering Department, IISc., Bangalore; Navakanta
Bhat, associate professor, Electro- Communication Engineering Department,
Dr. Kalpana Chawla Award for Young Woman Scientist: Noor Shahina Begum, reader,
Department of Chemistry, Central College, Bangalore University, Bangalore.
Anup K. Pujar, principal secretary (Information Technology), welcomed the
gathering. M.K. Soorappa, secretary, KSCST, was present.